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Cloudy Sunday….

July 25, 2010

The clouds are playing with us.   It was pretty bright and sunny earlier today.   But now the clouds are moving in and teasing with the possibility of rain.   We need it…..oops…..I’ll jinx it if I say too much so I’ll stop here.  

I have a finished object!!   The Firefly Fringed Scarf that I showed a few weeks ago.   I finished knitting two weeks ago but did not have time to block until today. 

It was a bit tedious to block.   The 7 stitches that drop to form fringe were loops.   I threaded the blocking wire through the loops until taut and then pinned.   I was a bit surprised to find the scarf was nearly dry in spots as I was still looping the other side of fringe onto a blocking wire.   lol  Anyway, you can find this project on my Ravelry page.  I will warn you that this is a very poorly written pattern.   I wonder if the editors were running out of space and left some instruction out?   But overall, I love the end product and I will knit another one which should be much easier the second time around.  🙂   Oh, almost forgot, knitted out of Elsbeth Lavold Hempathy.   LOVE this yarn.  

I love to listen to books on CD.   I will get them most often from the library and then listen while in the car.   I picked up several books on CD last week.   The one I am listening to now is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.   I do not want to get out of the car.   This book is so very good.   If you only read physical books it is definitely a page turner.   It is set back in the early 60’s in Jackson, Mississippi.   Civil Rights is around the corner.   It’s about two maids who work for families in Jackson and one newly graduated 23 year old aspiring journalist who wants to write their stories.   I won’t say anymore than that.   But I would highly recommend this book.   I wonder if there is a movie in the works?  

Eleven years ago today this is who woke me up meowing her little head off until I went outside and found her:

It was on a Sunday and as you can see I picked her up and brought her inside.   Lexi and I have been a package deal ever since!  

Hope you are staying cool and doing lots of knitting!

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So it has been awhile….

July 11, 2010

I’m still here….(Hi Callie!).   I have neglected the blog for a long while.   I really didn’t think there was anyone who still read this thing but I received an email from a distant relative who obviously does read my blog.  🙂 

Speaking of, this is a small world story.   Callie, correct me if I’m wrong because my brain is like swiss cheese these days.   Awhile back I blogged about this.   And because of this post I received an email from Callie who is a member of the Meeks side of our family.   She is on a different ‘branch’ than I am so I don’t know the exact relationship but my guess is a cousin several times removed?   lol  Ok, we both have the same great great great grandparents.   Does that make us cousins?   Our great great grandfathers were brothers.  All of this to say it is a very small world and I am so glad Callie found me because of family geneology post.  

So what have I been up to the past few months?   Not much.   I did take some time out to find this:

I always name my cars so let me introduce you to Gabrielle.   She is new to me and rides soooooooooo nice!   I can’t believe the difference between my former car, Sydney, the Solara and Gabie.   The Solara was beating me up.  No kidding!   It is unreal the aches and pains that no longer exist since I bought Gabie.  I now sit up higher in traffic and I do like that.   I feel more protected and safe.  

On the knitting front, I am knitting on the Firefly Fringed Scarf by CEY.   I fell in love with the finished product I saw in Tulsa a few weeks ago.   So I bit the bullet and paid $15 for a booklet that only had ONE pattern I liked.   Grrrrrrrrrrr   That hurt in and of itself but then to make matters worse it is one of the most poorly written patterns I have seen.   I had a clue when the lady at the yarn shop told me she would be available for help/questions if I needed help while knitting the scarf.   Then I went on Ravelry to look up the pattern and had my eyes pulled wide open when every single person who posted that item said more or less the same thing:   poorly written pattern!!   Arrrrrgh!   Anyway, I made it through the increase portion no problem.   And just my luck I hit the decrease section on the 4th of July when the yarn shop was closed and everyone was busy with holiday celebrations.   Ugh.   So I sent out a few messages on Rav and put it aside until I got some answers.   As it turns out I was proceeding as I should but because my stitch count was off I was stumped.   Turns out the stitch count is off and you continue on in pattern.   Ok!   I’m on the downhill slide now.   There are seven stitches that will be dropped when finished and those stitches will form a fringe.   I’ve not done this before but I’m excited to see how it unfolds.   Pictures then, I promise! 

Lexi is doing well.   She vascilates between laying on me so that I may pet her and going off alone for her beauty sleep.   She is such a sweet and spicey kitty!  

I hope you are filling your days with plenty of knitting!

Sunday’s Acquisitions Show

April 25, 2010

Ok, so the majority of what I’m about to show you was acquired on a Saturday but who cares?   lol  

I had the best day yesterday.  A visit to a yarn shop and then the afternoon filled with knitting friends, yarn, great converstion, knitting and finished objects!   The only way that day could have gotten any better was if some magic elves had cleaned my house and did my laundry while I was gone.  🙂

I had some acquistions a couple of weekends ago but it got lost in the weekend of Lexi’s emergency vet visit.  (She’s MUCH better btw.)  A couple of us made the last minute decision to run down to the DFW Fiber Festival.  It was the first time I’ve attended that festival.   It was small but had enough that I’d go again.   The main draw for me was Madeline Tosh.   Brooks Farm was also in attendance and The Shabby Sheep had a booth so packed full it was difficult to maneuver!   lol   I also caught a peek at Franklin Habit.   He was walking by while I was sitting on a bench waiting for the others.   He’s a very cute man!   Anyway, this is what I bought at the Festival:

Two skeins of Madeline Tosh Sport weight in the Baltic colorway.   I really really wanted some Sock but there was none to be had on Saturday.   All of it had sold out on Friday.   😦   I also bought some colorful stitch markers but that was it for my festival purchases.   We went to the Woolie Ewe later.   And this is where I acquired this yarn:

Three skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Bittersweet colorway.   Yeah, I know…it has PINK in it but ever since I saw this colorway used in the model Clapotis on Knitty I’ve loved it.   So I now have some!  Yay!

I also bought this:

This is two skeins of Ella Rae Lace in a near solid WARM red!   While I am always attracted to variegated I don’t always like the ‘busy’ pattern it makes.   Solids are almost too boring while knitting even if I do love the end result.   A near solid, well it gives enough interest while knitting that I keep on just to see the shade differences and I always LOVE the result.  

Yesterday Marjie and I made a trip to GY and I picked up this yarn:

Three skeins of Malabrigo Worsted weight in the Lettuce colorway.   My plan is to knit a wrap version of Anne Hanson’s Totally Autumn Afghan.  

I also saw the Ababa Scarf on Ravelry and had to run buy a skein of this:

It’s going to be exciting watching that ball of yarn become a scarf.

So what am I working on now?   A Lacy Baktus with Madeline Tosh Sock I picked up in Tulsa last month:

Not too far yet, as I mentioned awhile back I lost my mojo for a week or so.   I finally have this pattern committed to memory so hopefully it will sail along now.  

I’ve been sewing the past couple of weekends and needless to say this house is not clean.   I took a break to write this post and now the house is calling to me again.   Oh well, I will make sure to get some knitting time this afternoon.   I hope everyone has a great weekend with this gorgeous weather and that you manage to have some peaceful knitting time too!

A Soggy Sunday

April 18, 2010

It has occurred to me that maybe I should change the name of my blog to A Sunday Blogger….lol   That seems to be the only day I blog these days and sometimes I resist the urge to just skip that too. 

Ok, it has rained and rained and I didn’t think I’d complain but I prefer my rainy days during the week and not over the weekend.  

In spite of the rain, I enjoyed a great day yesterday shopping and knitting with a couple of friends.   Somehow I manage to obtain yarn without stepping foot in a shop or clicking online.   Yesterday I ‘obtained’ from Ellen some gorgeous yarn from Crown Mountain Farms.   That also included a partially completed scarf, Ulmus.   It is so warm and soft!  

It’s 60 inches and I think I’ll  add just a few more inches and then start the edging.   Thanks Ellen!

I’ve found a new show I love to watch, Undercover Boss.  I love how a person at the top realizes he/she has lost touch with the employees who make the company.   Most of these episodes are very heart warming.   I can recall two in which there was one shop/store that has an overwhelming business, much more than the average store.   The reason why?   In both of these instances there was one single employee that made that difference.   That employee was the face the customer saw each time they came in.   It amazes me and makes me feel good to see this CEO realize that single person is what makes that location do so well.   Anyway, if you haven’t watched yet, do so.   It is on Sunday evenings on CBS and you can catch up on the website.   I love that show!

Thanks to all who posted care and concern over Lexi.   It took a few days but she seemed to turn a corner on Wednesday.   She is now back to her feisty self to the point of fighting me when it comes pill time.   lol    I’ll take feisty over sick any day of the week.  

Hope your week is filled with lots of knitting!

A Stressful Sunday

April 11, 2010

Lexi had a rough day today (and so did her Mama).    I was in the kitchen and I heard a funny noise almost like someone had spoken.   I turned around and went to see where Lexi was and she was in the extra bedroom.   She had tossed her cookies once and was in the process of doing so a second time.   If she eats too fast or has a furball she’ll do that.   She came out of the bedroom and as I watched her walk she seemed to fall over.   Being a cat she jumped up only to lay down and she went completely limp.  I was watching all this and it took place in about 5 seconds.   I thought she was dying.   About the time she closed her eyes she opened them back up and got up to run hide under the bed.   When she goes under that bed I can’t get her out.   I watched her for about 15 minutes and she threw up two more times.   Then she came out and then threw up two more times.   It was tinged with blood.   I grabbed her and put her in the bathroom (where I CAN get to her) and closed the door.   I pulled on clothes, called the vet’s office, turned off the dishwasher and dryer and grabbed the carrier.   Funny how you can do all of this in less than 10 minutes when under stress but otherwise it takes 30 minutes.   The emergency vet my vet refers to is down I-35 so it took about 20 minutes to get there.   I guess the worst was over by the time I got her in the carrier but I didn’t know that.   The vet said it is hemorragic (sp?) gastritis.   Her blood count was good considering she was sick and the areas that were in the red were because she was sick.   Two shots and some bitter pills and some syrup later and we’re home.   I have to give these pills twice a day and the syrup 3 times a day.   The syrup will last for 3-4 days but the pills will last for over a week.   The vet recommended I change her food to Science Diet.   I tried Science Diet years ago as my other two cats did well on that.   Lexi didn’t like it.   Oh well….it will be rough but it has to change.   I’m glad to report that Lexi seems to be feeling better now.   She’s walking around and meowing.   She let me brush her for quite awhile.   Not back to normal but she is doing much better than earlier today.   Bless her little kitty heart.

ETA:  Added these pictures.  Lexi is feeling much better this afternoon.

The deal…..

March 14, 2010

This is how it went down.   It was a bright, sunny but chilly Saturday morning.   The drop spot:  an empty concrete parking lot.   I had circled by earlier but did a run through downtown and came back.   I parked in a side lot, easier to get in and out.   It was 10:04, surely the store was open.   There was a gray car parked in the formerly empty lot.   I noticed there were two occupants in the car.   I got out to go check the store door.   The gray car’s door opens and a voice calls out,  “Come sit in the back seat.”   I know these gals.   I try to tell them the store is open but I get a hand gesture rushing me over to the car.   I slip into the back seat.   Manna!!   Two bags of the beloved, elusive and hard to get Wollmeise Yarn!!!  And it is for sale.    (Can you sense the drool sliding down my chin?)   This is what I scored:

The pictures were taken on a bright sunny table at the Norman Panera.   It washed out the variegated skein.   The yellow is a lovely cantelope yellow, soft with a drop of orange.   The other is a gorgeous skein filled with plummy goodness.   I am DELIGHTED beyond relief that I was able to score these two skeins of yarn.   I also want to thank Kathy of KC and Ellen of OKC for enabling us so nicely!   lol 

Poor Marjie missed out on the box of yarn a week ago and the Wollmeise deal also.   She really sounded so pathetic yesterday (froggy, croaky sick) that I scored a skein of Wollmeise for her also.   

Today I did a bit of spring cleaning.   I pulled clothes from the closet that I’ll never wear, old purses, and various books, gadgets that are sitting around cluttering things up and took them to Goodwill.   I had enough to fill my car trunk and the floorboard and front seat, passenger side.   It feels good to get rid of extra stuff!  

Still haven’t gotten the dryer fixed.   I think that is what prompted me to gather for Goodwill, I had some bags in the laundry room already filled.   So I just gathered some more from the closets and made a run.  

On the knitting front:  I’ve been working on Multnomah.   I skipped a row or added one a second time and spent most of yesterday tinking back.   Ugh.   I’m glad I love the yarn I’m using, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Gold Hill colorway, because it is so pretty it keeps me from throwing it down in frustration.  

I see some interesting sights from my 2nd story view on Main Street.   I know this isn’t a very good picture but I saw this vehicle on Friday:

There is some ‘small building’ like fixture in the bed of the pickup.   It had OSU Cowboys and Dodger memorabilia on it.   Every surface of that pickup had bumper stickers or poster-like signs all over it.   And every item was mentioning a sports team.   There were baseball helmets on the hood.  Literally.   About 4 if I remember right.   Can you imagine driving a vehicle like that?   Not me.   lol  

I haven’t taken any pictures of Charlie in awhile.   I caught him ‘napping’ in the leaves of this silk plant the other day. 

And Miss Lexi is doing fine.   She’s taking a nap right now.   About 20 minutes ago I heard this ‘sucking’ noise and looked at her.   She was curled up, nose covered with paws…..sucking like she was nursing!   lol   And she was sound asleep.   Bless her little kitty heart.  

This is spring break week and I know many are off on destinations.   Me, I’ll be right here….working.   Hope you have lots of knitting time this week!

Cluck Cluck Cluck

January 28, 2010

Ok, call me chicken but I’m not getting out in this stuff.   My driveway is less than flat although not a mountain but still yet…it gets very slick.   My sidewalk out front is not flat either…imagine that!   It has a slight slope to it in spots and then there is the yard….enough said.   I’m barracaded in the house….with plenty of drinking water, grub and a nice warm kitty cat.   I can work from home via VPN so it isn’t like I’m sitting here knitting all day….darn it.  

If you know about our lovely yarn shop here in Norman, L & B Yarn Co., please check out their new group on Ravelry.   It will be a lot of fun!

I’m knitting away on the Bob-ette Blankie.   I’ve got a long ways to go…but here is the current pic:

To me, it has that rag rug effect and Marjie said it reminded her of Cabbage roses….that is good!   I’ll keep plugging along….there are miles to go……..

My co-worker’s daughter, Miss Berkeley, is a knitter.   She was very busy around Christmas and this is what she knitted for her mother:

Yes, I know her head is cut off..it was at her request.  🙂   But didn’t Berkeley do a great job?   Her mama wears it every day.   What a lovely gift!

And Miss Lexi is settled in for a warm winter’s nap….

I hope you stay warm and safe!

Sunny Sunday

January 24, 2010

I had several opportunities to knit with friends last week.  I knitted with friends Saturday a week ago, Monday evening, Wednesday evening and again this Saturday.   I love weeks like that!  

I have a friend who is having her first baby in March.   I knew when I heard that I wanted to knit her a blanket and the traditional tomato hat.   I procrastinated as usual and realized I have about two months to get this blanket knitted.   I knew I wanted to do a Bob Blankie but I wanted it to be soft and pastel-y since this will be a spring baby.  I found out last week that she is having a baby girl so the yellow/green combo I had originally planned wouldn’t work.   So I stopped in at L & B yesterday and checked out the Mission Falls 1824 Cotton Whirl.   I found the perfect colors and with the Whirl and skeins from my stash this is what I’ve started:

Doesn’t that look girly and feminine?   I think so.   I picked up the Whirl in Pastel and I have the cream and mint green in my stash.   Yay!   It feels so good to knit from my stash.   Oh and I renamed Bob since this is for a little girl.   I am naming this the Bob-ette Blankie.   lol 

And Lexi says:   Mama, would you please knit or something….I need my beauty sleep.

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2009

Brrrr it sure is cold today.  I feel very lucky that I have another 4 day weekend.  Yay!    I made a run this morning to the big WalMart and came home loaded with goods.   But I want to know WHO went out and bought all those hampers I mentioned?????? I could not find any of those hampers today.   I asked a sales clerk and she told me those were probably bought for back-to-school.   And that makes sense because I have had mine for dirty clothes for a few months.   Sigh.   She did show me where the other hampers were and I nabbed the LAST one they had.    I actually like the one I found today better because there is no hole in the top like the one I bought last fall.   Less likely a moth can get into the hamper.   Yay.   I ran over to the smaller WalMart here in town and they only had the mesh type with no lid.   That won’t work.   I think tomorrow I’ll hop over to Target and see what they have.  I’m determined to get this stash organized by weight PLUS I hope to gain some space or at least have it contained in the space I have.   lol  

Thanks to Carolyn, Anita, Laura, Michelle, Sue, Tasha, Chris, Pam and Terri for your comments.   Now Terri knows I found the fish stitch markers….don’t tell Karen!    She still doesn’t know.   🙂 

I wore my new Koigu scarf this week.   I got several nice compliments on it.   I really do like it….not to thick nor too long.  It’s warm enough without being too much and I love how it looks.

I cast on a new scarf this week.   No pictures yet but I’ll take some over the weekend.   It’s a linen stitch with a solid and variegated Cherry Tree Hill.   Funny I have about 4-6 skeins of Cherry Tree Hill and this is the first time I’ve ever knitted with it.   So far I love it.  

Ok, I stopped and took a picture of the new hamper.  

As you can see it is full.   That is three 27 qt bins of fingering weight yarn.   Ugh, I have too much yarn.   But the good side is I think my hamper storage system may be a winner.   I’ll have to find more of the hampers to see if I can rearrange the stash closet to know for sure.  

I guess that is all for now.   I hope all you have a warm, safe and very Happy New Year!   Lexi and I are gonna celebrate tonight.   I know she is anxious with anticipation.   😉

Snowed In

December 27, 2009

This is day 4 of being snowed in.   My driveway is 3/4 clear but the part that isn’t is a deep drift.   I put on boots and took the broom hoping to clear a path on my front sidewalk so I can get to the driveway.  Ha!   The snow is no longer soft enough for a broom.   (I do not own a shovel.  lol)  I did however walk on the snow enough that I think I can get out tomorrow morning.   Just in time to go to work.  Ugh.  

It feels weird not having a Christmas.   The plan is to have it next weekend but we’ll see.   I heard we may have more snow by the middle of this week.  Ugh again.  

So what have I been doing?   Lots of knitting, an attempt to organize the stash, bunches of laundry and cooking.   Oh and I did wrap some presents.   I also slept in this morning…more so than usual.  I slept until 10:30!   That is a new record for me.   All I can say is I must have needed that sleep.  

When I lay down to sleep at night is when some of my most creative thoughts come to me.   Mostly it is colors of yarn but the other night I had a great thought of how to contain my stash.   The bin idea is fine if you only have 10 or less bins.   Unfortunately or fortunately (however you wish to see that  lol) I have waaaaaaaay more than 10 bins.   I did not buy the super duper big bins as I had no way to store those.   Instead I bought the bins that hold 17 qts and 27 qts.   It was a lot of fun saying I’d put up 17 qts of yarn.   But now that is a chore.   When I ‘put up’ 54 qts of fingering weight yarn by going through half my stash I realized my current system was not going to work.  I don’t have enough storage space to hold that many bins.   Plus I have a bookshelf at the back of my stash closet and I can’t get to it because of all the bins stacked in front of it.   So my creative thought that ran across my mind as I was drifting off to sleep was to buy hampers!   Not the regular kind of hamper but the type you see in many stores these days, the fabric kind that is round with a circular wire ‘spring’ that lets it pop up to form a tall canister of sorts.   I have one I use in my bedroom for dirty clothes.   Why not buy 4 or 5 of these and see if I can contain my stash!   With luck I can put all my worsted in one, fingering in another, aran in a 3rd and well….I’m willing to try it to see how it works.   I’m also more determined than ever to knit from my stash.   Yesterday I had ‘startitis’ and started a new project I’d been thinking about for a few months.   I dove right into the stash and found several options.   That really felt good to know that I had choices and did not have to go buy anything.  

I finished a scarf I started last February.   I call it the Koigu Garter Scarf.   I saw it knitted up at Kirkwood Knittery in St. Louis when we were there.   I bought the yarn and the pattern but have lost it so I can’t give the correct name nor the correct credit.   I blocked it yesterday and took these pictures today.   I love it! 

My reluctant model....Lexi

Lexi is such a good sport.   She really doesn’t like it but she doesn’t run away so she puts up with me.  🙂

I used a semi solid skein of Koigu along with a coordinating variegated skein of Koigu.   It is knitted lengthwise.  I think it turned out great. 

Another forgotten project I unearthed while sorting my stash is a stocking cap I started last January.   Details are on my Ravelry project page.   The second I picked it up I knew I was not frogging it.   I love the feel of that fabric and the colors.  

I am not far from finished.   I’m in the decrease section so I plan to finish it soon.  

Funny thing about being snowed in, the stir crazy has left and now I think I could get used to this.   🙂   Until the utilities get cut off and the groceries run out….then I’d be thinking differently.    lol